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Hard work pays off in fight against Wild Dogs

Pest animal coordinator for Western Local Lands Services, Phil Baird, says cooperation is the key to fighting wild dogs.. Photo TWH

The consistent work of professional wild dog trappers, landholders and Local Land Services teams has had a profound impact on stock numbers and prospects for farmers in the western region.

More than 100 dogs have been trapped in the past 18 months because of some hard work – not just by controlling the wild dog numbers but by building relationships between farmers across communities.

Phil Baird is the Regional Pest Animal Coordinator for the western region and said the efforts of landholders to work together to beat the dogs had paid off.

“Local Land Services and landholders play a key part in bringing down the numbers of wild dogs,” Phil said.

“They can only be controlled on a landscape scale – there’s little point you trapping or baiting if your neighbour isn’t doing anything.

“LLS is trying to foster pest groups to coordinate their efforts and over the past 3-4 years, the number of farmers’ groups working together has gone from 16 to 21.

“Of course, in the bush you get personality and politics which can slow things down, but bit by bit we are getting there,” he said.

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